Members of An Garda Síochána are investigating the theft of a number of lambs from land in Co. Longford last month.

Speaking on local radio Shannonside, Gardaí in the area believe the animals may have been taken by boat.

In a brief statement to AgriLand, a Garda spokesperson confirmed:

“Gardaí are investigating an incident of theft which occurred in Lanesboro, Longford, between [Saturday] August 8 and [Wednesday] August 17.

A number of lambs were taken from private land. No arrests have been made.

“Investigations are ongoing,” the Garda representative added.

Speaking on Shannonside yesterday (Wednesday, September 2), Sergeant John McWalter has issued an appeal for information:

“The field itself was well fenced in, so there was no sign of them having wandered off themselves.

But, the field runs along the River Shannon, so they may have been taken, unusually, by boat.

“So, if anyone was on the Shannon and happened to see sheep, or something unusual on a boat, would you please contact the Gardaí in Lanesboro and help them out with that.”

2 sheds broken into

Gardaí have also appealed to the public to report any suspicious activity which may have been seen earlier this week, after two sheds were broken into in Co. Offaly.

The sheds were hit with an overnight raid on Monday night (August 31) into Tuesday morning, according to Gardaí based in the Laois-Offaly region.

In a plea for information, Gardaí said:

“Tullamore Gardaí are appealing to the people in the Killoughey and Rathrobin areas to report any suspicious activity they may have seen on the evening of August 31, into September 1, after two sheds were broken into.

A cement mixer, diesel fuel and assorted tools were taken.

“We are now seeing the evenings getting shorter so remember our crime prevention advice and to ‘Lock up; light up’.”